Sure, this season shouldn’t be about stuff.
It’s about showing the people you care about that you love them. It’s about sharing food with family and friends and those less fortunate. It’s about celebrating the life of a persecuted Middle Eastern refugee from 2,000 years ago.
But, you really can’t deny that unwrapping a present is delightful. My suggestion is to mix the donations to good causes in with thoughtful, well-crafted, non-toxic, sustainably made items that will make their heart glow.
I scoured my favorite shops for the most beautiful, classic, useful, and sustainable things I could find for everyone on your list. Here they are!
A gift to the Nature Conservancy in the recipient’s name. Choose to direct it toward work in Appalachia, the Sierra, or the Prairie to make it more personal! Perfect for their briefcase or purse, it’s a perfect gateway bottle to eco living. This soapstone mug will keep your beverage cold or warm longer. And make you look like a boss. A candle that is classy enough for a lady, and masculine enough for a guy. An apron that is pre-gift wrapped! What could be better? A reminder that you like to hang out with them IRL, too. Have you ever felt alpaca? Trust: it’s the softest thing on the planet. This is for the friendly, solo bees who pollinate your garden. Give them a fashionable home! For Her
These adorable, affordable handmade bud vases are hand glazed on the site of the old imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, China. Because you send her this emoji all. the. time. Recycled solid 14k yellow gold is sourced and handcrafted in New York City. Organic cotton with vegetable dye. The back says, “There is no planet B.” When artisan craftsmanship gets luxe. John Hardy jewelry is ethically made in Bali. This nail polish ups the ante by being 8-free: no DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide or THPH. For the jetsetter in your life. 100% super warm Mongolian cashmere with a custom printed silk and organic jersey eye mask. She’s been through a lot of BS this year. Help her let it go with this gift. Recycled gold and tourmaline earrings for the edgy yet elegant woman in your life. Made from ethically-sourced cashmere in a vertical, family owned and run mill in Scotland that is one of the oldest in the U.K. She’ll love to snuggle in this jersey knit robe made in the U.S.A. Vegan and free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or bad vibes. Timber-Dry; eco-conscious waterproof membrane is made from 50% recycled plastic bottles, and laces are 100% organic cotton. 100% of proceeds support the young moms in Chicago who create this candle. Soy wax & phthalate-free fragrance Don’t forget to put a picture in: hand carved in India from sustainably-grown mango wood. For Him For Kids and Babies
Magnetic, chalkboard painted car pieces encourage creative play. Non-toxic, low VOC finishes. Non-toxic temporary tattoos will make her or him ready for a mini music festival! Alpaca stuffed owls so soft you might try to take your gift back. A complete country kitchen playset with pots, pans, sustainable materials, and a healthy dose of non-gender-conformity. Natural dyes and organic cotton make this fit for a future captain. Handmade in Montana from Loomstate canvas and FSC-certified wood. Ethically made in Lahore, Pakistan by Victoria Road’s team of artisans. This organic baby oil is meant for giving your baby a bonding massage. This make your own nail polish kit is 5-free (Toluene free, Formaldehyde free, DBP-Dibutyl Phthalate free, Formaldehyde Resin free, Camphor free) Made in the USA from sustainably harvested birch plywood and non-toxic water based inks. Made of old growth pine that was once a floor joist in a 19th-century home. A classy update to the potholder project that you’ll actually want to hang on your wall! After it’s done being a mobile, it can be cut to make her a doll and star pillow. Made in the United States of linen, up-cycled cashmere, and Nature-Fil™ Corn Fiberfill. Remind them what they’re fighting for. Made with recycled cotton and polyester.